Coconut Oil: Real Ambrosia

Hey hey! It’s Monday! Thanks for giving a click! I’m a week into my cut and it’s going well, but, I’m not going to talk about that today. Instead, I’m going to discuss something near and dear to my heart… coconut oil! 

I’m sure you’ve heard of how moisturizing it is, but here are some of the coconut skincare basics. First and most of all, I use coconut oil to moisturize my body after a shower and shave! It is truly the only moisturizer that doesn’t get into the microcuts and leave me with razor burn. I’ve fought razor burn for an eternity, so this is a life saver for me. Next, coconut oil makes a great lip balm substitute, especially right after exfoliating. It’s also super shiny like a lip gloss. Yes! Any time my eyes are feeling especially puffy or dry, I’ll use a tiny tiny amount and tap it on the dark circles, and where crow’s feet develop later. It’s super refreshing, and no wrinkles for me. 

Coconut oil is also a powerful cleaning agent… it is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Yes, all of those things. I know. Nature’s miracle. If you’re ever out of makeup wipes, coconut oil is an extremely effective makeup remover. Take about a spoonful and rub it between your hands until it is more or less a liquid, then rub it all over your face to break down the makeup. Wet a wash rag with warm water and rub it off before cleansing, and I promise you will feel clean and soft. Next, if you’re out of toothpaste, you can oil pull and clean your teeth all the same! Simply put a spoonful of it in your mouth and swish for several minutes. Just letting it sit is effective, too, but it takes way longer. After you’re sufficiently swished, brush around to get off any stubborn plaque, and spit. Easy peasy! It’s antifungal properties make it great for feet, too, especially if you do sweaty things like running or martial arts. (No crusty feet zone.) 

I’ve also found that coconut oil eases the pain of small cuts and knicks. If I clip myself with the razor, coconut oil helps soothe the burning sensation. And a more surprising one I’ve recently discovered– coconut oil treats mouth sores! A small dollop directly on the sore soothes the pain and helps disinfect it, so that it heals faster. Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? 

Well, honestly, I wouldn’t just use it as a facial moisturizer. It is a thick oil, and because of that it will find a home in every single pore and you’ll probably break out because of it. While it definitely is edible, it’s a little too rich for me, and that kind of caloric concentration usually throws me off balance. I prefer coconut water and actual pieces of coconut meat (i.e. flakes) instead. I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with using it every once in a while, though! Especially if you’re trying to build mass. 

That’s about it, for today. I thoroughly hope that all of you start utilizing this magical substance… and embrace the power of plants! It’s there for you!

Hydrated,

Kylie 

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